The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

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Recent Posts

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.

Arkansas Opens First Crisis Stabilization Unit

Arkansas Opens First Crisis Stabilization Unit

Arkansas’s first crisis stabilization unit (CSU) opened in Sebastian County on March 1 with high praise from Governor Asa Hutchinson. This center, which will provide services to people experiencing mental health crises, is the first of four such centers planned across the state. Officials are hopeful that it will serve as a model that other states can follow.

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

A 55-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Ronald Forbes is on the brink of expanding his Oakland, California-based catering company in partnership with his sister, Catherine. Soon, he’ll move the business to a commercial space, but for now he’s practicing his recipes for barbecue chicken, ribs, and his mom’s potato salad at home.

Second Chance Act Participant Spotlight: Sharon Hadley, Harris County, Texas

Second Chance Act Participant Spotlight: Sharon Hadley, Harris County, Texas

When Sharon Hadley arrived at Santa Maria Hostel in July 2012, she had just completed the latest in her decade-long string of sentences for drug-related offenses. “Now that I look back over my life, I can see how the wheels started coming off even before I really knew it,” Hadley said. “I recidivated 13 times. Each incarceration was longer and longer, and I was more and more hopeless.”

Announcements

Register for Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Register for Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar will provide an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explain components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expand awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system; and discuss new developments in the Veterans Administration and community interventions to provide services to veterans in the justice system.

American Probation and Parole Association 43rd Annual Training Institute

American Probation and Parole Association 43rd Annual Training Institute

This year’s APPA conference will focus on the latest research and the most critical issues facing community corrections professionals by offering a number of educational workshops and trainings, ranging from topics in behavioral health treatment, community supervision, pretrial supervision, juvenile justice, reentry, workplace safety, and more.

Webinars

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Budget

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Budget

In this webinar, staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center review information for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program applicants and grantees on the grant management and budget process.

Building and Implementing Research Partnerships

Building and Implementing Research Partnerships

This webinar reviews effective methods for building and implementing a research partnership, with a particular emphasis on agencies that have recently established a new research partnership or are planning on starting a research partnership.

How Victim Advocacy Improves the Work of Reentry Staff

How Victim Advocacy Improves the Work of Reentry Staff

In this webinar, two victim services reentry professionals from corrections departments discuss victim service programming for agencies and organizations that work with people in the criminal justice system.

2016 JMHCP Grantee Orientation Webinar

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees. Staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance will also participate and provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

Grant funding often provides seed money to help agencies launch new programs. However, once the grant has expended, finding additional funds to sustain a program can be challenging. This webinar discusses how other funding streams can be leveraged, and partnerships developed, to help sustain a program.

Publications

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.

Advancing Sensible Justice in Tennessee

Advancing Sensible Justice in Tennessee

This report from the Beacon Center of Tennessee features stories of people affected by the current state justice system and focuses specifically on juvenile justice, occupational licensing, and incentives.

The State of Justice Reform 2017

The State of Justice Reform 2017

This interactive report from the Vera Institute of Justice identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.

Addiction Resource Center

Addiction Resource Center

This new online portal from the Addiction Policy Forum is designed to help individuals and families struggling with addiction find comprehensive information and resources.

Recent headlines

New-Crime Recidivism Rates Continue to Show Modest Improvement

New-arrest recidivism and return-to-prison recidivism are two of the four ways the report counts recidivism rates. It also counts two other categories related to new crimes—new convictions and new sentences. These categories overlap since, for example, anyone who is sentenced also has been arrested and convicted.

How New York City Reduced Crime and Incarceration

New York City is blessed with an array of community crime prevention programs, including dozens of youth development agencies and organizations implementing the Cure Violence model, originally developed in Chicago.

Administration Pressed to Expand Mental Health Treatment

Organizations representing state officials and people with mental illness say no one wants to go back to warehousing patients. But they also say that federal action is needed to reverse a decades-old law known as the “IMD exclusion,” which bars Medicaid from paying for treatment in mental health facilities with more than 16 beds. IMD stands for “institution for mental diseases.”